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This Veteran’s Day we celebrate the more than 300 military service members and their families who are either currently enrolled in TeacherReady or who have earned their professional teaching certification through TeacherReady. We think service members who want to teach can be great teachers and educational leaders! We asked these aspiring teachers from the military why they chose education as a second career; select responses include:

Teaching has been a significant component of my work throughout my life. Moving into a more formal classroom setting seemed a logical step. In addition, colleagues and friends consistently, and independently of each other, affirmed teaching as one of my strengths. Though academically qualified to teach at the collegiate level, my life circumstances make pursuing a high school teaching position the right choice for me.

I was very excited to become a teacher as a second career. After spending many years as a volunteer in my children’s classrooms and I then several years as a substitute teacher I was confident that this was a good career choice for me and a great choice because I was a military spouse.

I found that as an Air Force instructor, I found great satisfaction in watching students grow and I enjoyed being able to help someone achieve objectives. This continued into the elementary education arena because I felt I could use my military background/experiences to help children succeed in their studies.

Thank you for bringing your experience and passion to the classroom as a teacher-leader to engage students, develop their sense of purpose for learning, and provide them an excellent education. Teachers are the most important factor that affect student learning and great teachers are the ones who are making a difference in the lives of their students. As veterans and current service members, you are heroes to us through your military service to our country; in your service as teachers you are heroes to your students. Thank you to all of our military service members who have chosen the teaching profession for your continued commitment to our country.




TeacherReady is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady website or connect with them on Facebook for more information.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.